Afterthoughts (Besset, Julian Raoul)




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Publisher Info. Julian Raoul Besset
Misc. Notes Newly processed (2016) with Garritan CFX Concert Grand with Aria Player (Small Studio + Parlor)
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General Information

Work Title Afterthoughts (or : Retrospections)
Alternative. Title Retournements
Composer Besset, Julian Raoul
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IJB 1
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's One continuous with 15 sub-sections
  1. Variegations
  2. Setting Out
  3. Underbrush
  4. Clearings
  5. Pitfalls
  6. Relief
  7. Prance
  8. Burlesque
  9. Erraticity
  10. Repose
  11. Slides and Leaps
  12. Bearings
  13. On the Way Out
  14. A Valediction
  15. An Anthem
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1960 ca., with revisions and additions in 2003, 2008 & 2014
Average DurationAvg. Duration 10 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Modern
Piece Style Modern
Instrumentation piano

Misc. Comments

The first complete revised version (2012) assembles disparate thoughts (juvenilia) jotted down in the early sixties. The seams remain apparent, but can be viewed as characteristic of the piece.
The latest version (2014) is a complete overhaul with extensive editing and note nudging (comprising some minor additions and corrections) plus an effort to stitch together more closely the 15 or so necessarily contrasting sequences and change of moods. Each sequence has a title that attempts to present the whole work chronologically as a farandole through a wooded area.
The audio rendition of this composite piece or suite (as opposed to a live performance) has moved from the use of Pianissimo through Pianoteq to Garritan's excellent CFX Concert Grand emulation in order to approach real time performance as closely as possible.